Science 

With Over 29,000 Homicides, 2017 Was Mexico's Most Violent Year on Record

Mexico has recorded its highest homicide rate in years, with the government’s interior ministry reporting there were 29,168 murders in 2017, more than in 2011 at the peak of Mexico’s drug cartel-stoked violence. The death toll is Mexico’s highest since the government began keeping records in 1997, and shot past 2011’s tally of 27,213 homicides, the Associated Press reports. According to the Interior Department, Mexico’s homicide rate this past year equated with 20.5 murders per 100,000 residents; in 2011, that figure was 19.4. The homicide rate is still significantly below…

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Entertainment 

Catherine Zeta-Jones indulges in steamy lesbian affair in new film Cocaine Grandmother

The Swansea-born actress, 48, stars as Griselda Blanco, a ruthless drug baroness who ruled the Miami narcotics trade during the 1970s and early 1980s, in Cocaine Godmother. In the TV biopic, Catherine’s character begins a steamy affair with her lover Carolina, locking lips with the blonde while wearing a silk chemise.  In one scene Carolina, played by Norwegian actress Jenny Pellicer, is left with just a scrap of material to cover her modesty.  In another, Catherine, who has two teenaged children with her husband Michael Douglas, 73, is seen seducing…

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Top Stories World 

With forgiveness, a need for economic justice

In the 1990s South Africa preached reconciliation and forgiveness in its successful and largely peaceful transition out of apartheid. Today, Liberia, long torn by civil wars, has peacefully elected a new president, George Weah, who’ll take office Jan. 22. And Colombia, after a half-century of conflict, has made peace with rebels from FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), who have laid down their arms and begun an assimilation back into society. Some of these guerrilla fighters now are becoming politicians. South Africa never fell into a civil war, though…

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$100K can buy you citizenship of a country you’ve never visited

Caribbean nations ravaged by recent hurricanes are selling citizenship at dramatically discounted prices in an effort to raise emergency funds, sparking concerns that the programs may be vulnerable to abuse. Past scandals involving Iranian-born individuals buying St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship to evade sanctions and invest in the U.S. highlight the potential vulnerabilities of citizenship-by-investment programs — which have been branded “passports for sale.” In some cases, those prepared to pay $100,000 or more for citizenship don’t even need to travel to the country before getting the documentation. Some experts…

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Sport 

Kyle Edmund ‘heard CRACK in ankle’… but still played on against Grigor Dimitrov

Edmund had fought back from a set down to the world No 4 to forced a decider and Dimitrov was serving at 4-4 when disaster appeared to strike. The British No 2 was initially by a Dimitrov forehand and as he tried to change direction, jarred his ankle and screamed in pain. His Bulgarian opponent quickly ran to help him up and to his chair, where the physio began to assess the injury. Worryingly for Edmund fans, the 22-year-old told his medical professional he had “heard a crack” when it…

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Science 

President Trump Took Credit for Airline Safety in 2017. But Here's the Truth

President Trump Took Credit for Airline Safety in 2017. But Here’s the Truth More President Trump started the first Tuesday of 2018 with a tweet claiming credit for the lack of aviation deaths in 2017, citing his supposed “strict” policies on commercial aviation. Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018 But directly linking the President to these…

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Commercial air travel in 2017 was safest ever, travel group says

WASHINGTON — Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported Monday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017. “2017 was the safest year for aviation ever,” said Adrian Young of To70. To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is 0.06 per million flights,…

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Sport 

The Guardian footballer of the year 2017: Juan Mata

The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty. The inaugural winner was Fabio Pisacane in 2016 Each time you meet Juan Mata it’s a surprise how small he appears in person. You never expect a giant of a man to be only 5ft 7in tall, and to cut such a slight figure or to flash a warm smile, but the Guardian’s Footballer of…

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Horror as nightclub explosion leaves 31 injured in ‘criminal and shameless’ attack

The device was launched at the Bora Bora nightclub in Caucasia, Bajo Cauca Antioquia, in the early hours of Friday morning. According to local media, at least 13 people sustained serious injuries as the explosion ripped through the packed venue. Police said it was launched by a member of the Gulf Clan, one of Colombia’s most powerful crime gang, who fled on a motorbike. A man and a woman are reported to have been arrested in connection with the incident, but neither have been identified. Some clubgoers were injured in…

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The ‘Despacito’ effect: The year Latino music broke the charts

It also happens that six of the top ten YouTube music videos of 2017 feature Latino artists. Welcome to the new Latin music explosion. To put this sonic tsunami in perspective, this year marks only the third time that Spanish-language songs have hit #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Chart in American history, after 1987’s “La Bamba” by Los Lobos and “La Macarena” by Los Del Rio in 1996. While there have been other instances of Latin cross-over successes going back to the Ricky Martin era and Gloria Estefan before that,…

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